Tuesday, September 30, 2008

谢谢你, patrick [thank you, patrick]


Roger,Winnie和Regine好,

我不是樂評人,只是一個喜歡用「心」聽音樂的平凡小民。找到了您們的Blog,想告訴您們,有幸買了2V1G這張CD,真是美麗的緣分。

當天只是匆匆路過CD店,突然想買張高音質的CD,就進去轉了一轉。架上雖擺滿了琳瑯滿目的CD,但卻只有這張看來樸實無華的CD吸引了我的視線,感覺裡面所鐫刻的音樂,會有如封面一樣,充滿清新的感覺。CD店裡有得試聽,我也抱著期待的心情戴起了耳機。

一 聽之下,我都忘了當初是為了什麼走進店裡的了,傾聽著Winnie投入演繹著當年曾經讓我迷了順子好久的回家,Roger那手輕快但充滿了抑揚頓挫的吉 他,還有Regine那甜入人心,繞樑不絕的歌聲演繹情雪;入耳,不,入心的已經不再是音樂,而是三位在演繹每首歌時所注入的那一份深情,那一份心意。當 天離開CD店的時候,除了手中的CD之外,心中還洋溢著適才試聽時被牽動了的那一份喜悅。

在翻版及過度商業化的音樂充斥市面的今天,真的 非常高興還能見到仍然有像三位對音樂如此有熱忱的人,用心和誠意打造出了這一張動人心弦,値得擁有的專輯。也謝謝所有幕後的工作人員:大家對於力臻完美的 努力和要求,我這位市井小民都聽到了。希望2V1G能夠在不久的將來,再與我們分享更多好聽的音樂。

昨晚與內人相約在客廳欣賞這張CD(第一次正式邀請太太在家裡客廳約會,挺有意思的),雖然有些歌詞略帶一絲落寞,但對於聽歌聽其意的我們而言,三位所帶來的悠揚旋律為我們的小小的斗室注滿了甜蜜的感覺,在此再次向三位說聲謝謝!

最後:
1. 新不了情太棒了,Roger的Bossa Nova編曲編得恰到好處,琴聲挑動著心中每一分的情感,既沒有濫用的感覺,也不落於俗套。Regine甜美的音色和Winnie成熟的唱腔互相交織,帶出了絕美的意境,真的讓人回味無窮。

2. 由於以軟體進行簡繁體互換易有錯誤,在歌詞的文字校對這方面尚有改善的空間,但瑕絕不掩瑜,這只是我個人的一個小建議,請勿介意。

3. 在此也希望向唱片業者以及音樂人抒發小民的心聲。唱片業如今前景低迷,實不應完全歸咎於翻版。如果每張唱片,每一首歌都能夠用心和誠意製作,為其注入靈魂和値得典藏的價值,相信社會上願意收藏高質音樂的消費者,是絕對不在少數的。願與各位共勉之。

patrick, you made our day! thanks for such brilliant comments. we are so happy because we have an appreciative fan like you!

我们都给你正面的评语感动了。 是的,2v1g 会做更多更好的音乐! 


Friday, September 26, 2008

菲律賓珍珠 [filipino gem]


the buka puasa was met with heavy rain today. it choked the kl and pj traffic entirely. the traffic jam was so horrendous that i couldn't help but find solace in my music. for the last few days, my player has been spinning aiza seguerra's "open arms". i must admit, i don't agree with the song selection (inclusion of don mclean's overdone "vincent" is not to my taste) but i find a couple of tracks hugely impressive.

"persistent rain" was so perfect for the situation i was in today - getting stucked in the traffic jam while the rain poured mercilessly on my car's windscreen - though i have no romantic stories to tell you. this is the best track of the album, one that i can listen over and over again.

journey's "open arms" (circa 1970s) is done with good taste. a lot of young generation like this track, from what i could find with my google. other good tracks include "i will be there for you", "longer" (dan fogelberg) and aiza's own beautiful tagalog love song "para lang so 'yo".

little did i know that this is the number 1 best-selling audiophile album in singapore. aiza is already a household name in philipines, now it is time malaysians discover her.

aiza has a very clear, pristine and angelic voice. she is diction-perfect and pitch-perfect. it is very hard to find this kind of western-sounding singers in malaysia. to me, philipines has the most gifted singers in this region. they way they sing, they just don't sound like asians.

s2s is a s'pore label started by a japanese. judging from the excellent recording quality of this cd, we can expect more gems from this label.

seriously, i would love to produce an album like this.

heartily recommended, if only the song selection can be better.

sonics: 8/10
music: 8/10

星报报导 [stripped down]


the star, after much begging and string-pulling, finally published an article on 2v1g today.

3 months late? better late than never ;-)

Friday, September 19, 2008

音乐会即将来临! [calling all 2v1g fans!]


大马第一张融合流行和发烧元素的发烧天碟《2V1G》成绩亮眼,销量破5,000张!

为了回馈支持《2V1G》的朋友们,戴丽津,何芸妮和Roger Wang 将以最真情流露的歌声及深情浓郁的吉他演绎,带给大家一场最感动的音乐会。这场音乐会将分别在10 月7日及8日晚上9.30于Jln Mesui 的No Black Tie 登场。

《2V1G》首次登上吉隆坡首屈一指的爵士酒廊/餐厅/俱乐部,No Black Tie,为大家带来最完美的两个小时的演出。因此,监制Leslie Loh 及制作人周金亮决定送两只AKG ‘Elle C’ 麦克风给两位女歌手以示鼓励。

想要到场感受《2V1G》的魅力,可以联络No Black Tie:03-21423737,或是012-2083790 Leslie Loh,入场费为30令吉。

They came and they brought a breath of fresh air to conventional Mandarin pop music. Their debut album has earned them endless praises and accolades since its launch 3 months ago.

And now they are going to prove to their fans that they can sing live just as well.

Performing in their first ever gig together, Roger Wang, Regine Tai and Winnie Ho of 2V1G are going to enthrall audiences with a new set of repertoire - Mandarin, English and even Malay numbers - in No Black Tie (NBT) come 7th and 8th of October 2008!

No Black Tie (03-21423737) is the premier jazz club in downtown KL, located at Jalan Mesui, near to Istana Hotel.

Seats are limited by the small capacity of No Black Tie. Admission is RM30.

Please block your calendar now and reserve your seat through yours truly at 012-2083790.

See you at the gig!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

珍藏 [thorough gem]




yes, this one is a keeper.

bought it last night and have been spinning non-stop since.

if anne murray is a piece of hifi then she simply has the most gorgeous tone. in this fabulous cd, she even has a "ghostly" duet with dusty springfield in "i just fall in love again", this track itself worthy of the cost of this US-pressed CD. i does wet our eyes listening to it.

trust me, one you read the liner notes where the 12 different iconic female legends (including carole king, sarah brightman, ONJ, k.d.lang, shelby lynne, shania twain) expressed their feelings of excitement in collaborating with anne murray, you would be so moved that you want to read it over and over again.

2v1g plans to do a cover version of "you needed me" in the NBT gig in october and anne murray's duet with shania twain here is the best source of reference.

review to come.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

推荐 [just a little lovin]




as usual, news travel a little late to bolehland - we only discovered this last week when a friend (who bought this cd in SG) recommended it to us.

as usual, malaysian record shops don't carry it.

can some kind souls from SG buy it for us and we will pay you back?

we have heard some of the songs and love them. shelby does justice to dusty springfield's classics.

we want, we want, we want.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

女歌手的礼物 [the gift for female vocalist]


AKG "Elle C" microphone
* Condenser vocal microphone for female vocalists
* Slender and elegant silhouette
* XLR connector module with 24-carat gold plated pins for optimized connectivity
* 24-carat gold plated transducer case for optimum conductivity and resistance to corrosion and humidity
* Spring steel wire-mesh grill for extreme ruggedness incl. reliable control of pops and wind noise
* Internal elastic suspension

Every musician knows about the very special nature of the female voice. Building on decades of experience in making microphones, AKG has designed a professional vocal microphone with a condenser transducer perfectly tailored to the female voice. The result is called the "Elle C" and delivers an extremely accurate, detailed, and natural sound.

In addition to its superb audio performance, the Elle C also matches the highest aesthetic expectations of performing female vocalists. Its slender, elegant silhouette and special finish in either high-gloss metallic or white pearlescent paint adds an exciting visual dimension to every performance.


budget permitting, we are thinking of buying 2 units of these gorgeous looking microphones for our two "V"s for our forthcoming gig!

Monday, September 8, 2008

已购入 [already bought]



陳綺貞說:"這傢伙真了不起!"
旺福主唱小民說:"看到廣仲自彈自唱的那一天,肯定是我人生中的搖滾瞬間!"
金曲製作人鍾成虎說:"他是被公車輾過的音樂鬼才。"
他是 盧 廣 仲




袁泉short stay台北EP

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

the blower's daughter


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my happiest times come every time i go thru my entire cd collections to look for songs suitable for 2v1g, whether it is for gigs or albums. of course, i have to know whether my two "V"s can sing the songs well in the first place, this i will have to ask my singers' opinion.

i have a special place for damien rice's "o" album in my heart, not the least because of its beautiful haunting ballad "the blower's daughter" (check out the mp3 playlist). damien is a irish singer-songwriter who released the earth-shattering "o" album in 2003. the album is an acoustic gem and is considered as one of the best albums in 2003 by many. it is poetic, melancholic and yet full of hopes. if you have watched the movie "closer" starring jude law, julia roberts, natalie portman and clive owen then you will undoubtedly fall in love with the theme song "the blower's daughter". singapore's tanya chua recently did a live version of the song but her rendition is nowhere near the poetry of damien.

well, 5 years later, i still like the way "o" album sounds in my system. the recording is near audiophile standards. the guitar has a palpable presence. damien's vocals can come across as lonely, melancholic and eerie. the female backing vocals are superb but i was told she has left damien to do her solo album, what a shame for she makes damien's music so special.

if you are late into discovering this gem, don't hesitate, rush down to your nearest record shop!

p/s check out the youtube here for damien's playing live
p/s other non-chinese numbers we are doing for the gig include "getaran jiwa", "what a difference a day made" and "quando, quando".

Monday, September 1, 2008

流行与令类之间的谢安琪 [about kay tse]


在香港K歌的泛滥之下,kay谢安琪的出现是一股清流。

谢安琪妙趣地反映香港大众文化。歌词很趣味但谢安琪就很严肃地唱。

当然,谢安琪不写歌。她的歌和歌词主要由周博贤、黄伟文写。周博贤、黄伟文(wyman)为 谢安琪写过香港茶餐厅、唱港女搏命减肥等等题材后,到<神奇女侠退休生活>,更踏进了神化、卡通、半无厘头、半真半假的世界。谢安琪于是成为了香港乐坛幽默神经而又认真的歌手。

[binary]内还唱到港年青男女唔识艺术扮艺术、唱师奶股神、唱如花 ((周星驰戏里的丑角)... 每首歌的旋律都很好,很 catchy, 还有那很重的 band-sound。其实,这已不是主流的音乐了.

谢安琪的声音有林忆连的影子。唱华语歌又像孙燕姿. 但还是算有性格的声音.

如果你厌倦了那一成不变的K歌,谢安琪其实很不错.